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Lions DE Jason Jones (knee) has been a limited participant at this week's OTAs.

Jones is coming off a ruptured patellar tendon sustained in Week 3 of last season. He's expected to start at strong-side defensive end and kick inside as a rusher in sub packages.

Jason Jones DL DET Jan 01 '80

Lions LE Jason Jones (knee) expects to be ready for the offseason program.

Jones tore his left patellar tendon in Week 3. MLive.com expects him to return as the starter opposite RE Ziggy Ansah, though Devin Taylor could also be in the mix. Patellar tendon tears are tough injuries to come back from. Jones will turn 28 in May and generated just two pressures in 87 snaps last season.

Jason Jones DL DET Jul 04 '79

Lions placed LE Jason Jones on injured reserve with torn left patellar tendon, ending his season.

The 27-year-old end went down with a non-contact injury in Sunday's win. Signed to a three-year, $9.5 million deal in March, Jones ends his first year in the Motor City having generated just two quarterback pressures in 87 snaps (per Pro Football Focus). Andre Fluellen is taking Jones' roster spot, though Willie Young, Israel Idonije and perhaps rookie Devin Taylon will split up his role.

Jason Jones DL DET Jul 03 '79

Lions LE Jason Jones tore the patellar tendon in his left knee in Sunday's Week 3 win over the Redskins and is done for the season.

Jones was carted off the field in the second quarter after his knee gave out on a non-contact play. The 27-year-old wasn't creating much pressure on the quarterback through two-plus games, and he was near the bottom of Pro Football Focus' 4-3 defensive end rankings. However, he was a valuable veteran presence up front. Willie Young and Israel Indonije will fill in at left end for the remainder of the season. Jones signed a three-year deal in March.

Jason Jones DL DET Jul 03 '79

Lions LE Jason Jones was carted off the field with a left knee injury in Sunday's Week 3 game against the Redskins.

Jones' knee looked like it just gave out on him as he was rushing the passer midway through the second quarter. Willie Young replaced Jones at left end.

Jason Jones DL DET Dec 28 '78

GM Martin Mayhew said Jason Jones will play defensive end on first and second down, and defensive tackle on third downs.

Versatility and ability to rush the quarterback from the inside is what landed Jones a three-year, $9.5 million deal last Wednesday. We suspect he'll start at left end in the Lions' base formation and then kick inside in the nickel. As a true three-down player, Jones is a strong bet to top his previous career-high of five sacks.

Jason Jones DL DET Dec 23 '78

A source "with knowledge of the Lions' plans" says Jason Jones was not signed with the intention of starting him at defensive end.

The Lions reportedly see Jones as an inside rusher out of the nickel spot. It's something he's very capable of, but this leaves a big gap at the starting defensive end spots vacated by Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch. We'll see what other additions the Lions make before projecting Jones' exact role.

Jason Jones DL DET Dec 22 '78

Lions agreed to terms with DL Jason Jones, formerly of the Seahawks.

Jason Jones DL DET Dec 21 '78

Free agent DL Jason Jones will visit the Lions.

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported on Monday that Jones was at the top of the Lions' wish list. Jones can play both end and tackle, and he could be an option to replace Cliff Avril or Kyle Vanden Bosch on the outside. He can also move inside on passing downs. Jones has been linked to five or six teams.

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CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports DL Jason Jones "appears to be at the top" of the Lions' free-agent wish list.

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz is Jones' old defensive coordinator from Tennessee. Though not nearly the pass rusher Cliff Avril was, Jones could replace him at left end and rush the passer at defensive tackle on nickel downs. Jones' age (27 in May) and versatility make him an attractive free-agent target.